Real Madrid are at the centre of frustrating news for English clubs for the second day running, with Liverpool the latest to have come a cropper, following hot on the heels of Arsenal.
Both were rumoured to be hoping to tap the near-bottomless well of talent at Santiago Bernabeu in order to improve upon their respective problem positions.
Arsenal’s pursuit of Los Blancos centre-forward Karim Benzema appeared, finally, to have been put out of its misery by the player himself yesterday.
The Daily Mirror reported the Gunners to have turned their attentions towards Paris Saint-Germain’s Edinson Cavani after Benzema took to Twitter to let fans know he was settled in the Spanish capital.
— Karim Benzema (@Benzema) August 24, 2015
Actual evidence that Arsenal had made any concrete representations to Les Parisens regarding the Uruguayan is conspicuous by its absence in John Cross’ article however.
Like the north London club, Liverpool too have now been dealt a blow with regards to their long-term reported interest in a Real player, Asier Illarramendi.
Lucas Leiva remains a marginalised figure at Anfield despite his status as the club’s only truly defensively-minded midfielder and cultured spoiler ‘Illarra’ had been mooted as another option for Brendan Rodgers in the position.
However, various websites, Goal.com among them, are reporting the Spaniard to be on the brink of sealing a season-long loan switch back to Real Sociedad, who sold him to Los Blancos for £32m two seasons ago.
Liverpool and the Gunners are not alone in finding their transfer hopes at the mercy of the whims of Europe’s footballing overlords either.
Manchester City’s attempts to lure Kevin de Bruyne to the Etihad have been dealt a blow by the news that FC Bayern Munchen have joined the race for his signature.
De Bruyne had seemed destined to move to Manchester but Bayern’s willingness to wait until the summer to get their man may curry favour with his current club Wolfsburg.